Friday, January 09, 2009
Deconstructed Apple Pie
Well, sort of anyway. It was a really simple dessert I made a few weeks ago, and I bet it'd be perfect after a light weekend meal - say, after a soup?
Three components. One - apples. Cut up a few apples (about one per person) and fry in butter and a few spoonfuls of sugar until softened and caramelized. Add spices as you see fit - cardamom and cinnamon are obvious, but very tasty choices.
Next, the cream. It's a simple mixture of cream cheese and lightly whipped cream. You can use mascarpone if you'd like. Or just whipped cream, or crème fraîche. Yogurt, too! Be innovative! Add a little sugar and vanilla, to taste.
And finally, the topping. It's mainly rolled oats and chopped nuts, fried in butter and sugar with a little bit of maple syrup stirred in. You can see this recipe for a more exact idea, though I used less butter and hazelnuts rather than pecans this time around.